Paekākāriki Mental Health Support Group

Mental health support! We have a group of retired counsellors willing to talk online or by phone (not replacing professional counselling!) 9am- 9pm. If you’re worried about a friend, encourage them to call or get permission for one of our counsellors to call. We don’t want to replace good ol’ natural and neighbourhood supports. Ph Sylvia Bagnall to coordinate a chat: 021744485.


Sylvia Bagnall

Sally Heppenstall

Judy Dickie

Deryn Groves

Vicki Farslow

Anne Woodside

Shar Cullinane


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